Exclusive Interview – Andy Cavazos

Springfield reliever Andy Cavazos talks with Brian Walton from the Arizona Fall League.

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Andy Cavazos, 25, was the Texas Rangers' fifth round pick in the 1999 draft. After four seasons mostly at Class A as a swingman – starter and reliever, Cavazos moved up to the Cardinals via the minor league phase of the December 2002 Rule 5 draft.

The Texan began this season at Springfield (Double-A), was sent down to Palm Beach (Single-A), but then returned to Springfield, effectively splitting the season between the two stops. His ERA at Springfield was 4.03 and overall he fanned 67 while walking just 14 in 60-2/3 innings.

Like his frequent batterymate, Gabe Johnson, Cavazos is back for second Arizona Fall League campaign in 2005. In his first 15-1/3 innings in the AFL this time around, Cavazos had held opposing hitters to a .214 batting average while fanning 15. His ERA was 3.52. However, on Tuesday, he was lit up, allowing four runs in 1-1/3 frames. That jacked up his ERA by almost two runs to 5.40.

Like Johnson, Cavazos could have become a minor league free agent after six seasons, but instead re-signed with the Cards. The organization is hoping the reliever can make the 2006 Memphis bullpen.

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Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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